Mary Peters, age 94, of Swift Current, SK passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 with her family by her side at the Herbert Integrated Care Facility, Herbert, SK. Mary was born August 13, 1923 to Jacob & Katherine Wall in the Wymark, SK area, where she grew up and went to school. In her younger years — and during the early days of WWII — Mary and her seventeen-year-old sister, Ann, travelled by train to “Niagara on the Lake,” ON to work in a fruit canning factory. Upon returning home, Mary and Ann both worked at the Swift Current Union Hospital doing housekeeping, and later worked as chamber maids at the Imperial Hotel in Swift Current. Reflecting on these years resulted in many wonderful memories.
On October 29, 1950 Mary wed Herman Peters. They settled in the Wymark area, where they farmed and raised their family of five children. Mary was a hard worker, and always made her family a priority. When Herman & Mary retired, they moved to Swift Current and enjoyed many great years together there. Mary enjoyed her family, and visiting with the many friends and relatives they had in western Canada. In particular, she loved the annual flights to Kelowna to catch up with her daughter, Edna, and her family and friends. She had a passion for gardening and reading, but her favourite hobby was keeping a diary — which she began in her teen years, and maintained until a few months prior to her passing. Converting this to a computer document was a source of learning, reflection, and healing after the loss of Herman on November 22, 2008. Mary’s sense of humour did not waver through most of these difficult times. In October 2012, Mary and her pet companion, Joey, moved to the Heritage Manor in Herbert. She was known as the “lady with the bird,” which provided much conversation. Mary spent five years there, made many great friends, and formed a strong bond with caregivers and staff. On November 28, 2018 she moved to the Herbert Integrated Health Facility. With her health declining, this was a difficult time for her. Mary would read her Bible, being content and trusting in God’s plan for her, although at times she wondered when she was going home to her Heavenly Father.
Mary is survived by her five children, Larry (Adeline) Peters, Neil (Eleanor) Peters, Edna Friesen, Wayne (Nadia) Peters, and Edgar (Junene) Peters; her eight grandchildren, Jason (Teri) Peters, Sherri (Brett) Glaeser, Jolene (Mike) Giesbrecht, Jocelyn (Mark) Carefoot, Shannon (Travis) Zayonce, Jennifer (Cam) Taylor, Jayden McIntyre, and Mark (Dallas) Peters; her nine great-grandchildren, Ethan and Sophia Peters, Mitchell and Lauren Glaeser, Cole and Ty Giesbrecht, Chance and Owen Carefoot, and Kristopher Peters; her brother, Nick (Mary) Wall; her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (John) Klassen, Helen Peters, Leona Peters, Helen Andres, and Sally Wiebe; and by many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Herman Peters (2008); her grandsons, Jeffrey Peters (1993) and Eugene Friesen (2014); and by many members of the Wall, Peters, and Wiebe families.
Mary’s family wishes to thank Dr. Kassett, and the staff of the Heritage Manor and the Herbert Integrated Health Facility. “We would like to thank the amazing staff that cared for mom over the five plus years, they became family. Thank you, and God bless.”
The Funeral Service for Mary Peters was held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm from the Church of the Open Bible, Swift Current, SK with John Kehler officiating. “Amazing Grace” and “When We All Get to Heaven” were sung by the congregation, with Ruth Kehler serving as pianist. Rev. Herman Wiebe read Scripture and gave the Eulogy. The tribute was given by Edna Friesen, a poem was read by Edgar Peters. The ushers in the church were Dwayne Wall, Ken Klassen, Allan Peters, and Melvin Friesen. The Private Family Interment Service was held prior to the Funeral Service from Hillcrest Cemetery, Swift Current, SK with Jason Peters, Jolene Giesbrecht, Shannon Friesen, Mark Peters, Mitchell Glaeser, and Chance Carefoot serving as Pallbearers. In memory of Mary Peters, donations made to the Herbert Manor would be appreciated by the family.